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Friday, August 31, 2007

Meaningful... Isn't it?

No pain, no gain.
Future would be fruitful only when we learn to accept the pain.
Source: Forwarded article from Abhijit Das

Did you know ?

Biggest Feet

The record for the person with the biggest feet in the world is held by an American, called Robert Wadlow.
His feet were 47cm long and he took size 37 shoes!
He was 2.74 metres (that's nearly 9 ft) tall when he died in 1940.
Whenever he went out for a “Giant” walk, drivers would take their eyes off the road in disbelief and stare in amazement as they passed. You could hear the sound of bangs, crashes and crunches as cars following behind ran into them.


Did you know...

American President Abraham Lincoln, had size 14 feet


Did you know...

American President Abraham Lincoln, had size 14 feet


Did you know...

If you walked at a steady speed of 5kph (3 mph) non-stop day and night, it would take you a whole year to walk round the equator - a distance of 40,000 km (25,000 miles).
The average person walks the equivalent of three and a half times around the earth in a lifetime.
One quarter of all the bones in the human body are found in the feet.
Left handed people are generally left footed as well. They also tend to put their left foot forward first when they walk.


First Walk for Charity

The first walk for charity in the UK took place on Boxing Day in 1959 in aid of the World Refugee Fund. A total of 21 walkers paid 1 shilling (5p) each to enter and raised £20 in sponsorship. The furthest anyone walked was 50 miles.


Did you know...

Cats walk on their claws and not on their paws!


Did you know...

The first pedestrian crossing in Great Britain was sited near the Houses of Parliament in London, in December 1926. It consisted of two parallel white lines painted across the road. A white rectangular sign was positioned high up on a nearby pole, with a black directional arrow and a cross shape painted on it. It read, “Please Cross Here”. They were very polite in those days.


Did you know...

About 1 in 4 children sleepwalk at least once between the ages of 7 to 12!


Did you know...

The first manually operated traffic light in GB was also sited near the Houses of Parliament in London, on 10th December 1868. It was introduced to allow MP’s to enter the parliament buildings in their horse drawn carriages.. (The streets of London were just as congested then, but with four legged motors instead!).
A revolving gas illuminated lantern was mounted on a 7 metre (22 ft) high iron pillar with Red and Green signals.
Red meant stop and Green meant caution.
It was removed in 1872 following an explosion of gas, which seriously injured the police constable operating it.


Did you know...

The first Pelican Crossing was introduced in 1969. The word “Pelican” was chosen because it is a Pedestrian Light Control. Can you see why?
Today, there are “Puffin” and “Toucan” crossings. See if you can find out why these names were chosen.


Did you know...

You need to use 200 muscles in your body to walk


Did you know...

The first Zebra Crossings in the UK were introduced in 1951. The flashing belisha beacons on either side of the crossing came first though in 1934. They were originally made of glass but were the constant prey of children with stones. They were replaced with plastic globes in 1952. See if you can find out why they are called belisha beacons.


Did you know...

The mudskipper is a fish that can actually walk on land!


Did you know...

The first school crossing patrol started work in Oxford in 1933. The name "Lollipop" person came much later when the familiar round sign on a pole was introduced. Today's Lollipop people have to deal with much more traffic than was on the roads in 1933.


Did you know...

It is against the law to take your shoes off if you have smelly feet in a theatre in Winnatka, Illinois.


Most Expensive Legs

Michael Flatley, star of "Riverdance" had his legs insured for £25 million.


Most Expensive Feet

Charlie Chaplin, Hollywood's silent comedian with the splay footed trademark walk, had his feet insured for $150,000 (£33,500) in the 1920's; a fortune at the time.

Source: http://www.univie.ac.at/

Longest words in the English language

The list in ascending order:

9. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious - "Wonderful" (34 letters)

Pseudoantidisestablishmentarianism - "False opposition to the withdrawl of State support from a church" or "Extreme opposition to the withdrawl of State supported church" (34 letters)

8. Hepaticocholangiocholecystentersotomies - "Gall Bladder surgery" (39 letters)

7. Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis - "A lung disease" (45 letters)

6. Asseocarnisanguineoviscericartilaginonervomedullary - "Structure of the human body" (51 letters)

5. Aequeosalinocalcalinosetaceoaluminosocupreovitriolic - "Spa waters at Bath, England" (52 letters)

4. Aopadotenachoselachogaleokranioleipsanodrinhipotrimmatosilphioparaomelitokatakechymenokichlepikossyphophattoperisteralektrionoptekephalliokigklopeleiolagoiosiraiovaphetraganopterygon - "The name of a 17 ingrediant Greek dish" (182 letters)

3. Ornicopytheobiblopsychocrystarroscioaerogenethliometeoroaustrohieroanthropoicichthyopyrosiderochpnomyoalectryoophiobotanopegohydrorhabdocrithoaleuroalphitohalomolybdoclerobeloaxinocoscinodactyliogeolithopessopscphocatoptrotephraoeirochiroomychodactyloarithstichooxogeloscogastrogyrocerobletonooenoscapulinaniac- "A deluded human who practices divination or forecasting" (310 letters)

2. Acetylseryltyrosylserylisoleucylthreonylserylprolylserylglutaminylphenylalanylvalylphenylalnelleucylserylserylvalyotriptophylalanylaspartylprolylisoleucylglutamylleucyllencyllasparaginylvalylcysteinythreonylserylserylleucylglycllasparatinylglutaminylphenylalanylglutaminylthreonylglutaminylglutaninylalanylarginylthrseonylthreonylglutaminylvalylglutaminyglutaninylphenylalanylserylghlutaminylvalyltryptophyllysylrolylphenylalaylprolyglutaminylserylthreonylvalylarginylphunylalanylprolylglycylaspartylvalyltyrosyllsvslvalyltyrosylargiyltyosvlasparaginylalanylvalylleusylaspartylprolylleucylisoleucylthreonylalnylleucylleucylglycyltreonylphnylalanylaspartylthreonylarginlasparaginylarginylisoleucylislleucylglutammylvalylglutamylasparaginylglutaminylglutaminylsurylprolylthreonylthreonylalanyoglutamylthreonylleucylaspartylalanylthreonylarginylarginylvalylaspartylaspartylalanylthreonylvalylalanylisoleucylarginylserylalanylasparaginylisoleucylasparaginylleucylvallasparaginylglutamylleucylvalylarginylglycylthreonylglycylleucyltyrosylasparaginylglutaminylasparaginylthreonylphenylalanylglutamylserylmethionylserylglycylleucylvalyltryptophylthreonylserylalanylprolylalanylserine- "The scientific name for the Tobacco Mosaic Virus" (1 185 letters)

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** - deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is alleged to have 207 000 letters, but has never been printed in full.

Divorced Barbie

One day a father gets out of work and on his way home he suddenly remembers that it's his daughter's birthday.

He pulls over to a toy shop and asks the sales assistant, "How much for one of those Barbie's in the window?"

The sales assistant answers, "Which one do you mean, sir? We have: Work OutBarbie for £10.95, Shopping Barbie for £10.95, Beach Barbie for £10.95,Disco Barbie for £10.95, Ballerina Barbie for £10.95, Astronaut Barbie for£10.95, Skater Barbie for £10.95, and Divorced Barbie for £195.95."

The amazed father asks: "It's what?! Why is the Divorced Barbie £195.95 and the others only £10.95?"

The annoyed salesperson rolls her eyes, sighs, and answers: "Sir...,Divorced Barbie comes with Ken's Car, Ken's House, Ken's Boat,Ken's Furniture, Ken's Computer and .............one of Ken's Friends ."

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Random thoughts

The life of a person is solely dependent on the kinds of work he does and the attitude he keeps. Believe it or not, we tend to find those we look for. If we look for success, we would find success. If we look for failure, we would find failure.

So it becomes highly necessary for us to maintain a positive attitude throughout our life, no matter whatever we might go through. Only a positive attitude can help ensure that we stay grounded on the hard soil, we do not fall down.

But being mere human beings of flesh and blood, sometimes it really becomes diffficult to maintain poise. However nothing good can ever be easy. Only hardships bear fruits.

Keeping a focus can be extremely helpful in the long run.

If we take a look at all the great men in the world we would find that all of them at some point of time had to face tremendous hardships and pain through which they came out with flying colours because they had their strong focus on what they wanted to achieve.

This drive for success helped them become whatever they became.

There is a well known saying... "Life is not a bed of roses"

Truly so, but that is where all the enjoyment is. Until and unless there are thorns, how can one enjoy the beauty of a rose.

Only a wild sea makes out a skillful sailor.

And when we go down and down and down... at one point we would definitely reach the bottom from where we can go in only one direction... UP !

So why worry, enjoy life as it comes... say to yourself "You are going through this only because you have the capability to go through this". Let us face all challenges with a smile and win them over.

In case you can't, at least you can say to yourself... "I tried my best !" :)))

When things in life seem almost too much to handle

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 glasses of wine...
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous "yes."
The professor then produced two glasses of wine from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.
"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to
recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the
important things; your family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favourite passions; things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.
The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car.
The sand is everything else; the small stuff.
If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.
Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first; the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the wine represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of glasses of wine with a friend."

Sunday, August 26, 2007

The Inspirational Power of Goal-setting

The Inspirational Power of Goal-setting
By Dr Janet Hall

Allow me to start with some very important questions.
Do you remember how motivated you were to succeed in your career when you were younger?
Did you really want to achieve your maximum potential?

And here's the most important question...
Where is your written list of goals and how would you know how well you have achieved them?

Most people I ask this question are unable to produce the list because they never made one in the first place! Some did make a list but it got lost somewhere in a sea of paper.

It has been documented that the one disciplined habit that separates the top three percent of the population from the rest is that of writing down their goals, believing in them and keeping them as a focus for direction.

There are two essential elements of the goals process:

1. Goal-Setting: choosing goals with a positive attitude, passionate desire and strong belief and self-confidence.
2. Goal-Getting: using that committed attitude to applied action with skills and disciplined strategies.


Goal-setting is inspirational through highlighting the benefits in striving for an outcome.
When you get excited about the rewards at the end of your work, "you get the fire in your belly", you get into action and action is the key to goal-achievement.

2. GOAL-GETTING - Skills and Strategies Necessary for Goal-Achievement

The most important generalized skills and strategies for goal-achievement are:
- Planning
- Managing Time
- Keeping Agreements.

It has been documented repeatedly, that time spent on planning is critical if you want to achieve a goal with least hiccups. Here is an invaluable saying: People who fail to Plan, Plan to fail.

Time management is easy to say and hard to do. The best plans can be interrupted by unseen or unexpected demands - computers break down, people get the flu.

Time managers are really task managers and they do this best by having a focus on one task at a time. They may need to actively arrange uninterrupted time, by managing other people. Agreement keeping is the essential ingredient in goal-getting.

Effective goals management is ten times more important than effective time management. A person with effective weekly goals and weak time management has a better chance of achieving worthwhile results than a person with weak goals and strong time management.

Goal-setting can make all the difference to your bottom line and if your competitors are achieving their goals, you may be left behind!


Goal-setting doesn't have to be a complex process. In fact, the simple is usually the best. You need to make your goals SMART

S - Specific
M - Measurable
A - Achievable
R - Realistic and
T - Time Framed


S - Simple
M - Meaningful
A - As if they are right here, right now
R - Responsible
T - Toward What you want

There is nothing as motivating as an impending event to encourage you to get a task done.

The best way to harness this is to declare your goal to someone you trust, ask them to be your coach and expect that you will achieve the goal as well as expected and by the due date. Your coach can be a professional, someone you love, a work colleague, a respected mentor, or just a good buddy. The primary task of the coach is to remind you that you are committed to achieving your goal. It's fun and sometimes more helpful, if they also encourage you, share your rewards and help celebrate when you achieve your goal

You also need a reliable means of documenting your goalmaking and goal management. There are many tools which can help - diaries, performance planners, electronic mechanisms and software (of course I recommend the GoalMaker software which I co-authored! ). Invest in a good tool and use it consistently and it will give you the edge over your competitors who rely on their fallible memory!


The goal making process follows logical, sequential behavioural steps. However, a substantial amount of the impact depends on your mental attitude. These guidelines reinforce a positive attitude so that you become unconsciously competent in setting your goals

1. Identify your mission or purpose in life and set your goals to align with this.

2. Decide what you really want and write it in the present tense as if it's already been achieved. Goals must be in writing. An unwritten want is just a wish. If it's in writing, it's a real, substantial commitment.

3. Goals must be concrete and specific - broad desires have no effect. Specify the tasks you will need to achieve each goal and then break each task into manageable "bite-size" bits. (How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.)

4. Goals must be believable. If you don't believe you can reach it, you won't. Eliminate the negatives in your life and focus on positive things. You are responsible for your thoughts, so make them positive ones. Don't listen to people who say, "It will never work. You can't do that. You'll never make it". Remember that Christopher Columbus would never have sailed over the horizon unless he had belief in himself.

5. Goals must be challenging and demand more from you. Be willing to stretch your comfort zone.

6. Act to set your goals in motion. Planning is only the first stage of goal achievement. First set your goals, then act to get your goals.

7. Apply self-discipline. No matter how many people are aware of your goal, the final responsibility rests with you. Remember - the buck stops here. You need to consistently organise yourself and work with determination and commitment if you are to achieve the success you truly deserve.

8. Goals must include your loved ones. Goals must harmonise and be in balance, not conflict with each other.

Goals must have target dates for completion. Set a target date for your goal and share it with someone who will encourage you to meet the deadline. There is nothing as motivating as an "impending event" to get you into action.

Author's Bio:
Dr Janet Hall is a Clinical Psychologist, Hypnotist, Author and Professional Speaker. Jan is also the author of seven books and many audiotapes (including Hypnotise Yourself to Sensational Sales Success, Stress-Proof Yourself and Succeed Faster, and Total Confidence Through Relaxation) and co-author of the GoalMaker software program. Jan is regularly consulted by print and electronic media on topical issues. The GoalMaker software is available from http://www.goalmaker.com

Little Nancy

Little Nancy was in the garden filling in a hole when her neighbor peered over the fence.

Interested in what the cheeky-faced youngster was doing, he politely asked, "What are you up to there, Nancy?" "My goldfish died," replied Nancy tearfully, without looking up," and I've just buried him."

The neighbor was concerned, "That's an awfully big hole for a goldfish, isn't it?"

Nancy patted down the last heap of earth then replied, "That's because he's inside your f***ing cat."


When Bill and Hillary first got married, Bill said, "I am putting a box under our bed. You must promise never to look in it."

In all their 30 years of marriage, Hillary never looked.

However, on the afternoon of their 30th anniversary, curiosity got the better of her and she lifted the lid and peeked inside.

In the box there were 3 empty beer cans and $1,874.25 in cash.

After dinner, Hillary could no longer contain her guilt and she confessed, saying, "I am so sorry. For all these years I kept my promise and never looked in the box under our bed. However, today the temptation was too much and I gave in.

But now I need to know why do you keep the empty cans in the box?"

Bill thought for a while and said, "I guess that after all these years you deserve to know the truth. Whenever I was unfaithful to you, I put an empty beer can in the box under the bed to remind myself not to do it again."

Hillary was shocked, but said, "I am very disappointed and saddened, but I guess after all those years away from home on the road, temptation does happen and I guess that 3 times is not that bad considering the number of years we've been together."

They hugged and made their peace.

A little while later, Hillary asked Bill, "So why do you have all that money in the box?"

Bill answered, "Well, whenever the box filled up with empty cans, I took them to the recycling center and redeemed them for cash."

Pay attention

"Are You Paying Attention?"

A professor is giving the first year medical students their first lecture on autopsies, and decides to give them a few basics before starting.

"You must be capable of two things to do an autopsy. The first thing is that you must have no sense of fear." At this point, the lecturer sticks his finger into the dead man's anus, and then licks it.

He asks all the students to do the same thing with the corpses in front of them.
After a couple of minutes silence, they follow suit.

"The second thing is that you must have an acute sense of observation: I stuck my middle finger into the corpse's anus, but I licked my index."

Food for thought

Hi friends,

Today afternoon as I thought about having a quiet nap, I saw a poor aged woman with a small baby crying aloud for alms. I sat up for a moment, went outside and saw her with the kid on her lap. Came inside, took some money and gave her.

But soon a realization dawned on me... We heard the slogun "India Shining". Didn't we?

IS INDIA REALLY SHINING? We have multiplexes, exquisite shopping malls, hitech technology parks, great universities. But we are not able to eradicate poverty, pain and misery. People like them roam about in the streets asking for help. We place few coins in their hands (some of us even don't bother to do that much)and close our doors and windows so that we might sleep peacefully !

Economic progress is fine ! Effort on building universities and industries is appreciated but what abt these people. Would they continue to suffer like this?

I need your help. Suggest things that could possibly help in eradicating the hardships that these people face. This is tough, never easy, I admit. But nothing good is ever easy.

Please help. Please suggest.